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US: SitNews: Drug overdoses significant contributor to deaths in Alaska

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SitNews: Drug overdoses significant contributor to deaths in Alaska SitNews: Drug overdoses significant contributor to deaths in Alaska

Drug overdoses significant contributor to deaths in Alaska

July 30, 2022


(SitNews) - Drug overdoses are a significant contributor to mortality in Alaska and represent an ongoing public health concern. Deaths by overdose have been increasing annually since 2018 according to the Alaska Department of Health. A new report designed to provide an update on the current state of Alaska drug overdose mortality through 2021 has recently been released. The Health Analytics and Vital Records Sections of the Department of Health notes that the data in this new report may be incomplete and should be considered provisional and subject to change.

Graphic Courtesy Alaska Dept of Health

Full report 2021 Drug Overdose Mortality Update (July 25th, 2022)

Notable Findings:

* In 2021, there were 253 overdose deaths, up from 146 in 2020.

* The age-adjusted overdose death rate in 2021 was 35.2 deaths per 100,000 population, up from 20.2 in 2020.

* By sex, men typically experience higher overdose death rates than women.

* By race, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people typically experience higher overdose death rates than other races.

* By age, young adults and middle-aged people between 25 to 54 years old typically experience higher overdose death rates than other ages.

* Anchorage had the state's highest age-adjusted overdose death rate by region in 2021, at 49.3 deaths per 100,000, up from 31.4 in 2020.

* In 2021, there were 196 opioid overdose deaths, up from 102 in 2020. This includes 145 deaths involving fentanyl, up from 58 in 2020.

* Methamphetamine was involved in 154 overdose deaths in 2021, up from 62 in 2020.

* Out of the 778 drug overdose deaths between 2017 and 2021, 454 deaths (or 58.4%) involved a combination of two or more types of narcotic, sedative, or psychotropic drugs.

Evidence-Based Strategies to Reduce Drug Overdose Deaths

1. Prevention:

a. Educational campaigns.

b. Interventions tailored to the community.

c. Syringe services programs.

d. Supervised injection sites.

3. Treatment:

a. Increase access to treatment, including through telehealth. b. Medications for opioid use disorder.

c. Expand and diversify treatment workforce.

d. Improve health care workforce addiction training.

e. Reduce stigma for seeking care.

f. Access to culturally competent care.

g. Treatment alternatives to incarceration.

4. Recovery:

On the Web:

Download and read the full report 2021 Drug Overdose Mortality Update (July 25th, 2022)

Edited By: Mary Kauffman, SitNews

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Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction Prevention

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prohibitionist hits:0 government drug warrior (prohibition_agency) hits:0 propaganda (drugwar_propaganda) hits:56 legalization hits:0 drug_reformer hits:0 reform_referenda hits:0 cannabis hits:0 stimulant hits:1 narcotic hits:3 hallucinogen hits:0
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    reform_referenda     cannabis     stimulant     narcotic     hallucinogen

incarceration/prison mentioned? yes .

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SOC - survival of society (propaganda_theme3) USE - gateway, use is abuse (propaganda_theme4) KID - children (propaganda_theme5)
WAR - demonize, war, epidemic (propaganda_theme6) TOT - total prohibition (propaganda_theme7) DIS - dissent opposed (propaganda_theme8)

 drug of abuse implied / mentioned

drug related
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illegal drugs  
drugwar_propaganda : a drug war propaganda event, campaign release, slogan, or themepropaganda

drugwar propaganda 95%
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propaganda theme2 propaganda theme3 Why Are Americans So Easy to Manipulate? (Bruce E Levine, 2012)
Classic Modern Drug Propaganda
Themes in Chemical Prohibition
Drug War Propaganda (kindle edition)
 addiction 60%
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"addiction"2Twelve-Step Snake Oil (2012)
Ceremonial Chemistry: The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts, and Pushers (Thomas Szasz)
Rat Park
Most People With Addiction Simply Grow Out of It: Why Is This Widely Denied? (2014)
propaganda_theme2 : drug war propaganda theme: madness, violence, illness caused by drugsmadness, violence, illness

propaganda theme2 95%
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"stigma" "Drug overdoses" "drug overdose" "overdoses" "overdose" "deaths" "death" "mortality" addiction50Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2)
Distortion 18: Cannabis and Mental Illness
No, marijuana use doesn't lower your IQ (10/2014)
propaganda_theme3 : drug war propaganda theme: survival of societysurvival of society

propaganda theme3 75%
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"American" "community" "public health"4Survival of Society (propaganda theme 3)
The "Nation" as a Device To Create a Psychological Crowd
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illegal drugs
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various drugs  
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methamphetamine amphetamines
 psychoactive pharmaceutical

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opioid : opiate-like but synthetic drugsopioid

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"opioid"2Managing Pain
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Amphetamines: The Swedish experience
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"narcotic" opioid1Managing Pain
amphetamines : various amphetaminesamphetamines
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methamphetamine The amphetamines - Consumers Union Report
Officially Approved US Military Speed/Amphetamine Use

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"psychotropic" "Drug" "drugs"12 
 various illegal drugs 80%
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"psychotropic" "Drug overdoses" "drug overdose"
DEA's Drugs of Abuse booklet
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"incarceration"1Prison Hell in America (Stephen Lendman, Oct. 2011)
Understanding the U.S. Torture State
this is what a police state looks like
Torture and the United States and... drugs.htm
US Official Prison Policy: Encourage Men's Rape (2014)
Profit Driven Prison Industrial Complex (2012)
The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal
Sing a Little Louder
Prison Rape Widely Ignored by Authorities
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